I recently saw a passing comment about someone painting an umbrella. The idea instantly appealed to me, but I had no idea how to go about it.
Some busy Googling didn’t tell me much more, there is not much documented out there, but I did find others who have done it.
First, I bought a reasonably priced white umbrella on Amazon and I found an old white umbrella (that I was given free at some conference or other) to test paints on, I didn’t want to make mistakes on the real thing. I had a clear idea in my head of what I wanted to do but very quickly saw that my idea was too detailed.
I tried painting with acrylic paints and spraying stencils with spray paint. The spray paint, although it gave a lovely effect, was too problematical, it cracked and it was very hard to get the stencil flat on the material. I was a bit disappointed as I had painstakingly cut out the stencil of the flower, but it wasn’t consistent enough. I even tried painting through the stencil with a brush, but that was really terrible, so acrylic paint, directly onto the fabric it had to be!
Here is my test umbrella by the end of my experiments!
A daisy theme seemed more sensible, and it wouldn’t use too much paint 🙂
Yesterday I sat down and just went for it with the paints and I am very pleased with the results. The paint doesn’t crack and I think it is clearly a daisy!
The paint goes on very well, as long as the material is taut, I did it about 30% water because I didn’t want the dried acrylic to be too brittle and crack. Some colours show brush strokes more than others, the blue and the yellow were best, in retrospect I would use them more another time.
I am off to a week long festival soon so this will be brilliant, rain or shine, I will have my daisy umbrella to keep us dry or cool. Fingers crossed I get to use it as a sun shade!
I would definitely try this again, perhaps next year I might attempt a more complicated design – a peacock tail springs to mind……..